“We had many situations when we could have scored the second and didn’t.“After that we were unlucky because the decision on the penalty is a bit ridiculous.“Then we panicked a bit in the last seconds. We didn’t need to give the ball away.” Iwobi dribble pass Watford playersWatford, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger claimed Arsenal were the victims of a “scandalous” penalty decision in their shock 2-1 defeat at Watford on Saturday.Wenger’s side were leading through Per Mertesacker’s first half goal when referee Neil Swarbrick ruled that a challenge from Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin on Richarlison was worthy of a penalty.Television replays suggested Richarlison made the most of minimal contact, but Watford’s Troy Deeney stepped up to convert the spot-kick. Arsenal trail Premier League leaders Manchester City by nine points and Wenger admitted his side had paid the price for a sloppy second half display.“We dropped our level in the second half. We lost our fluency, despite that we had the chances to score two or three,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp Tom Cleverley struck Watford’s winner in stoppage-time to hand Arsenal their first defeat in eight games in all competitions.Gunners boss Wenger was furious with the penalty, saying: “It was a scandalous decision, but what can we do? Nothing.“You can talk and talk but at the end of the day they scored.
“When I first came into office it became readily apparent to me that infrastructure maintenance had not been a priority. It seemed to me the can had been kicked down the road to the point where there was no road left,” said Coffey, an attorney who has worked in city government. “And it was clear that if we didn’t start investing in the non-sexy repairs, there was going to be hell to pay.”According to Poerio, the council is committed to finishing the work and has budgeted the $1.3 million in the event grants are not made available.The administration is working off a budget analysis of three-, five- and seven-year projections in order to better forecast and control costs associated with the future of Oceanport’s growth and development, Coffey said.“Choices have consequences. If you want to have a certain lifestyle, and a certain type of standard of living in your town, it costs money,” Coffey said. “And it’s part of my job to help figure out ways to help us maintain that, while keeping those costs down.”According to Coffey, Oceanport has averaged about three-fifths of a mile in road repair and/or replacement each year over the past decade, a number borough engineers say should fall between 1.6 and 1.9 miles per year.The new budget in the works will allow Oceanport to fix the drainage issues on Myrtle Avenue, as well as sidewalks from Monmouth Boulevard to Port Au Peck on Myrtle Avenue, and – thanks to $2.3 million in financing by Monmouth County – completely repave Myrtle Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard. OCEANPORT – Officials believe the solution to Oceanport’s troublesome flooding issues is in clearing a system of storm drains that have needed attention since Super Storm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore in 2012.“As far as we can tell, these storm drains have not been maintained to their maximum level for nearly six years, and we’re praying to God that cleaning them out will alleviate some of the problems that we’ve been having,” Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey said in a phone interview.Coffey said there are 14 areas of concern for flooding around town, but the most pressing issues are occurring at Port Au Peck and Genessee avenues. There are also county roads like Monmouth Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue where troublesome water pooling takes place.Borough officials are attacking the problem with a plan for maintenance and repair of the storm drains, which Coffey announced to property owners in the borough’s monthly newsletter. He explained Oceanport has entered a shared services agreement with the Borough of Shrewsbury for the purchase of a Jet-Vac truck and street sweeper, vehicles that will be used to properly clear the town’s storm drains and check valves.“To enter into agreements like this, when it makes sense, where both municipalities can benefit while keeping equipment and operating personnel costs down, it’s a win-win situation,” said Raymond Poerio, Oceanport borough administrator, of the agreement with Shrewsbury.The boroughs have agreed to split the cost of a new Elgin Pelican P Street Sweeper, which was tagged at about $217,000, as well as a used 2001 Sterling Cleaner Truck Sewer Jet that was bought from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority for $85,000. Poerio said the towns are also working on a proposal for the acquisition of a Hot Box Asphalt Maintenance Machine, though that plan is still in the works.Coffey also revealed in the newsletter that the borough council is planning to borrow $1.3 million over the next four years for the installation and maintenance of check valves at each of the outfalls in town, which will prevent river water from backing up into the drains and onto the streets. Oceanport is seeking a federal grant to help cover the cost in total. By Chris Rotolo | Additionally, the intersection at Oceanport Avenue and Main Street will be redesigned and realigned, and a new signaling system will be installed.Coffey said a portion of this project is being funded by a $300,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation.A number of secondary roads, including, but not limited to, Milton, Avon, and Allenhurst avenues are also scheduled for an upgrade.According to Coffey, Oceanport’s roadway maintenance plan has been forged on an “eyeballing basis,” though he’d like to have a contracted engineer conduct a more accurate study of the borough’s 27 miles of roadways in the future.“We don’t have that kind of money available and I don’t think the council is ready for that commitment just yet. So right now the systematic approach to maintenance and tender loving care has been done on an eyeball basis. But hopefully if we budget for it in the next year or two we can have that engineer come and do a more accurate analysis for us.”Coffey said he expects the 2018-19 Oceanport budget to be finalized and introduced in April.This article first appeared in the March 22—29, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
The Mount Sentinel Wildcats concluded the BC High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships at Selkirk College in Castlegar on a winning note to finish seventh overall in the 16-team field.The Wildcats outlasted Duncan Christian 2-1 (22-25, 25-19, 11-15) in the best-of-three match to capture the match Saturday afternoon in Castlegar.Earlier in the day, Mount Sentinel lost 2-1 (22-25, 25-19, 15-9) to Kelowna Christian, a team the Cats defeated during the round robin draw.“Seventh sometimes is great, but our performance was very inconsistent,” said Mount Sentinel coach Joe Moreira, who once again dodged rumours of retirement.“For example on Thursday, I thought our performance mirrored our preparation — play your role, trust your teammates, compete to score points.“We repeated the same performance on Friday in the quarterfinal against White Rock Christian,” Moreira added. “The loss was disappointing but the effort and energy we displayed was not.”“Saturday was not the finish I had hoped for. In the match against Kelowna Christian we played to avoid losing and of course we lost. In the 7/8th match although we won it was not an inspiring win; we limped to the finish line.”Immaculata of Kelowna defeated Richmond Christian in four games to repeat as provincial champions Saturday evening.Immaculata won the best-of-five final by scores of 25-17, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23. “It’s the second straight title with a few seconds and third in the last five years for (Immaculata),” Moreira explained.“They have had a great run.”“Immaculata has a very special player (MOP – Natalie Livingston),” he added.“In athletic terms she really has the total package; great personal skills and a huge capacity to bring out the best I her teammates.”White Rock Christian Academy defeated Credo Christian of Langley 22-25, 25-19, 11-15 to capture the bronze medal.Mount Sentinel has won the provincial title four times in school history — the last time in 2007 when the school boasted both the provincial volleyball and basketball titles.The last time Mount Sentinel hosted the tournament was in 2012 when the Wildcats edged out White Rock Christian for the bronze medal.The Wildcats finished third last season in Kelowna — the school’s tenth bronze medal.As for those retirement rumours, Moreira, who has been at the helm of the varsity girl’s volleyball team at Mount Sentinel for decades, said he likes his job so why would he want to leave.“I keep on being retired, yet I have no plans to retire,” he said.“I love what I do at Mt Sentinel, including teaching and coaching. My plans currently include going to school on Monday and caring on and returning next season.”Kootenay Champ Fernie Falcons placed sixth overall.See full results at Mount Sentinel School website.
Previous winners of the award are Churchill Downs (1997), Turfway Park (1998), Penn National (1999), Santa Anita Park (2000-01, 2015), Hollywood Park (2002), Keeneland (2003, 2008-9, 2011-4), Los Alamitos (2007), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (2005), and Woodbine Entertainment Group (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2012). The judges cited Santa Anita’s readable display which makes the most of available screen space without resorting to flashy or jittery moving elements, along with a smooth, unobtrusive scrolling tempo. One judge said: “Their graphics package is clear, bright and easy to read…the best graphics package in North America in my view”, while another noted that the post-race screen is great for including everything – order of finish, fractions and payouts. Shiva Scanlon is the Pegasus Production Manager at Santa Anita, while Amy Zimmerman, Santa Anita’s VP-Business Coordination & Director of Broadcasting, has been the Executive Producer of all four of the track’s Simulcast Award-winning entries. NEW ORLEANS, LA– Santa Anita Park was declared the winner of this year’s Simulcast Award at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference in New Orleans, La. The venerable Southern California track previously won the award in 2000, 2001 and 2015. The 10 track entries were the actual simulcast audio and video transmission of a single race sent to wagering outlets. Each entry included the pre-race features, odds, will-pays, commentaries, the actual running of the race, the results, and post-race features. The Simulcast Award, sponsored by American Teletimer Corp. and ONTrack Media and Entertainment, honors excellence in the presentation of a racetrack’s live race product to its simulcast outlets. A panel of five judges selected the winner as best among the 10 North American and international racetracks entered for consideration. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award for the fourth time,” said Keith Brackpool, Chairman of Santa Anita Park. “The landscape of producing a simulcast signal is an ever evolving one and we strive to be on the leading edge. We are very proud to win in consecutive years as we are constantly seeking to improve our signal for our customers by adding camera angles and fine-tuning the graphic look. We also thank our production company, Pegasus Communications, for their partnership in producing Santa Anita’s simulcast signal.” The International Simulcast Conference is hosted by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America. The winner had noteworthy competition in this very close race from Keeneland and Addington Raceway in New Zealand, with Del Mar, Saratoga and Woodbine also receiving votes. Each received first, second or third-place votes on several ballots.
GENEVA (AP) — UEFA vice president Angel Maria Villar, who is being held in jail in Spain on suspicion of corruption, has resigned from the European soccer body.In a statement on Thursday, UEFA said Villar offered his resignation a day earlier “as vice president of UEFA and member of the UEFA Executive Committee with immediate effect.”It was unclear if Villar also formally resigned as the senior vice president of FIFA representing UEFA member federations. FIFA said it couldn’t immediately confirm if Villar had resigned his position at the world body.Villar was arrested in Spain last week in an investigation into suspected corruption connected to his position as president of the Spanish football federation. His son, Gorka Villar, was also among the four soccer officials arrested.Spain’s government suspended the 67-year-old Angel Maria Villar from the national federation presidency for one year on Tuesday. An interim replacement was appointed Wednesday.Villar was elected to the UEFA executive committee 25 years ago, and was its top official for nearly a year in 2015-16 while then-president Michael Platini was suspended from duty by FIFA.UEFA said its president Aleksander Ceferin accepted Villar’s letter of resignation Wednesday and “thanked him for his many years of service to European football.”“In view of the on-going court proceedings in Spain, we have no further comments to make on this matter,” UEFA said in a brief statement.UEFA members could replace Villar at a scheduled election meeting in Geneva on Sept. 20.Villar and his son were denied bail last week and transferred from a police jail to the Soto del Real prison near Madrid after being questioned by a judge. The judge cited flight risks after detailing how Villar allegedly misappropriated private and public funds while president of Spain’s federation “at least since 2009.”Prosecutors allege that Villar used his influence to funnel private and public funds into regional federations in exchange for votes to remain in power for eight consecutive terms.He is also suspected of using his control of the television rights for Spain’s friendly matches to secure economic benefits for his son, a sports lawyer who has worked for South American soccer body CONMEBOL under three presidents who were all implicated in corruption cases.As head of Spain’s soccer federation for almost three decades, Villar also was a board member of the Spanish national Olympic committee.GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Sydney: The Australian lawmaker who had an egg cracked on his head by a teenage boy for his comments about last month’s New Zealand mosque shootings faced a stinging attack on Tuesday in the first sitting of Australia’s Parliament since the attacks. Independent Sen. Fraser Anning was the target of widespread condemnation after the Christchurch shootings, in which 50 people died, when he blamed the massacre on immigration policies that he said allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAustralian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder in the shootings. After his comments, Anning faced more criticism for physically striking the teenager who cracked an egg on his head at a Melbourne public appearance 17-year-old Will Connolly, who became known around the world as “Egg Boy.” Anning will face an official censure motion in Parliament on Wednesday for the comments, which caused more than a million people to sign an online petition calling for his removal from the national legislature. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut when Parliament resumed in Canberra on Tuesday following a monthlong break, one senior fellow lawmaker took the opportunity to lash out at Anning. Echoing Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comment that Anning should be charged for striking Connolly, acting government Senate leader Simon Birmingham attacked Anning for his lack of humanity after the shootings. “The lack of compassion you have shown demonstrates, frankly, a basic lack of basic humanity,” Birmingham told Anning, adding that his conduct “betrays the rights you have to freedom of speech.” Birmingham said Anning acted in a way that would potentially fuel more acts of terrorism and violence. “You have failed the test of character I would expect of anybody who is elected to this place,” he said. Birmingham’s outburst came after Anning arrived at Parliament saying he had “no remorse” over his comments. Anning then used the Senate’s question time to bring up the egging incident. He quizzed the government about its response to the episode, asking whether it believed politically motivated violence was acceptable in some circumstances.
Hyderabad: Stand-in-skipper Suresh Raina said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni “might” play the next game after missing Chennai Super Kings’s six-wicket defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL here. Dhoni was ruled out of the match with back spasm, paving the way for Raina to shoulder captaincy responsibility. “His back was stiff. He is feeling better and might play the next game,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony. For a team that has won seven of their nine matches this season, the defeat was a wake-up call, Raina said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I think it is a very good wake up call.” CSK were restricted at 132 for five after they opted to bat, and then, SRH chased down the target with 19 balls to spare. “I think we didn’t put a decent score on the board and kept losing wickets. We lost too many wickets in between and that’s why it cost us the game. “We should have looked for partnerships and should have rotated our strike better. Hence, we were 30 runs short,” Raina said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Man of the Match David Warner (50) thanked the crowd for support. “Great support, even though there is plenty of yellow, they are a fantastic crowd. Sometimes we have been a bit hesitant, against Kings (XI Punjab) the wicket was quite tough. Me and Jonny (Bairstow) have been mixing and matching quite well. “I have two beautiful children, one more on the way, and a beautiful wife and I can’t thank them enough. I have fantastic support from over the world and it has been overwhelming here in India,” Warner said. Sunrisers Hyderbad captain Kane Williamson applauded the team for its efforts. “Very good performance all around. CSK started well with the bat but the way we performed in the back half was outstanding and the chase was superb. I don’t think the wicket changed too much,” he said. “Rashid (Khan, who claimed 2/17) has been an outstanding performer for a number of years. He was brilliant today. Warner was brilliant. A match-winning knock with Jonny (61 not out),” Williamson added.
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of stealing Egypt’s revolution, in some of his toughest comments yet about the party that took power in the nation’s first democratic election.In a speech to a forum on enhancing links between private sector businesses and diplomatic security agencies, Kerry said “the best antidote to extremism is opportunity.”“Those kids in Tahrir Square, they were not motivated by any religion or ideology. “They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world, and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future, and not have a corrupt government that deprived them of all of that and more,” the top US diplomat said.“They tweeted their ways and Facetimed their ways and talked to each other, and that’s what drove that revolution.“And then it got stolen by the one single-most organized entity in the state, which was the Brotherhood.”Since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military in July a year after coming to power, the United States has repeatedly said that he had failed to live up to calls for an inclusive, transparent government.And Kerry in August defended the army’s action to remove Morsi, saying it had moved as a bid at “restoring democracy.”But as the military-led interim government has moved only slowly towards new elections, the US in October suspended a part of its $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt.Kerry vowed earlier this month during a brief, surprise visit to Cairo that the United States would work with Egypt’s interim leaders and called on them to press ahead with reforms.
Master Sgt. James Finfrock, a senior military instructor with the OSU ROTC, rappels down to center ice to deliver the puck Nov. 7 before a game between OSU and Nebraska-Omaha at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 4-1. Credit: Michael Griggs / For The LanternDespite wearing camouflage jerseys in honor of Veterans Day, the Ohio State men’s hockey team did not blend into its environment over the weekend. The Buckeyes stood out; they were the team unable to score goals on Friday and unable to stop the opposition the following night.The University of Nebraska-Omaha beat OSU (2-5-1) 4-1 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.“Same result,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said of Saturday’s loss. “You have to play a little smarter with the lead. I thought we gave up a couple of easy goals on some breakdowns.”The Buckeyes squandered a 3-1 lead in the first period of Saturday’s game, then couldn’t score on the power play during the waning moments of their eventual 4-3 loss.With the Buckeyes’ net empty and extra attacker on, Nebraska-Omaha took a penalty with 1:21 remaining in regulation. The penalty put OSU on a two-man advantage.Down 4-3 at the time, OSU couldn’t convert as Maverick sophomore goalie Kirk Thompson kicked aside the Buckeyes’ last-second shot and sealed Nebraska-Omaha’s road sweep.The Buckeyes’ power play went one-for-nine on the weekend and has gone one-for-18 in its past four games.OSU senior forward Darik Angeli scored the Buckeyes’ lone power play goal of the series on Saturday, but the goal, which gave OSU its 3-1 lead, was irrelevant by the end of the night.Goals came early on Saturday as the Buckeyes and Mavericks combined for three goals on the first four shots of the game.OSU’s offense showed good signs in the first period, but OSU sophomore forward Nick Schilkey said the team’s success was lost in the final score.“Obviously a couple went in early on, but it kind of goes by the wayside by the end of the game when we can’t capitalize,” Schilkey said. “It wasn’t our best.”OSU notched the first goal of the night at the 4:05 mark when Schilkey connected with senior forward Tanner Fritz to give Fritz his third goal of the season.Less than a minute later Nebraska-Omaha freshman forward Avery Peterson scored his second of the series and first of the night. Peterson’s wrist shot from the left circle was nearly identical to the shot he beat OSU sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins with on Friday.The Buckeyes regained the lead one-minute later when senior forward Chad Niddery put a backhander behind Thompson.After scoring at nearly a goal-per-minute pace, the teams slowed until the 16:11 mark of period when Angeli and Peterson swapped goals within a two-minute span.Angeli’s goal was OSU’s final cause for celebration. Nebraska-Omaha notched goals in the second and third periods to complete their two-goal comeback.“We weren’t happy with the amount of times that their forwards got behind us,” OSU junior defenseman Sam Jardine said. “That’s just something they were trying to do, stretch us out once we got the lead.”The Mavericks’ game-tying goal came after the Buckeyes had a couple good scoring chances and marked a turning point in the game, Rohlik said.“Sometimes when you start pressing, instead of getting better you start to find yourself maybe not making those fluent plays,” Rohlik said. “That’s almost how we looked.”Buckeye sophomore goalie Christian Frey finished with 26 saves including 12 in the third period.Friday’s result brought a different type of frustration to the Buckeyes. OSU outshot Nebraska-Omaha 26-19 and led 40-22 in the faceoff circle.“Our guys didn’t have a lot of zip tonight,” Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais said on Friday. “Ohio State had the better chances.”The Buckeyes’ possession wasn’t enough to solve Maverick senior goalie Ryan Massa who made 25 saves for the Mavericks. OSU Senior forward Matt Johnson’s goal in the third period ruined what would have otherwise been a well-earned shutout.Tomkins made 15 saves for the Buckeyes on Friday.Loose Pucks-Fritz went 25-12 in the face-off circle against Nebraska-Omaha-OSU is having its worst start to its season since it went 2-5-1 to open the 2009-2010 season.-The last time the Buckeyes were swept at home was Feb. 22-23, 2013 vs. Michigan
Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams (15) celebrates after making a 3-pointer in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was just 1:54 remaining in the game when South Dakota State forward Reed Tellinghuisen knocked in his second free throw to tie his team’s first-round game in the NCAA Tournament against Ohio State at 70.Had the Buckeyes crumbled in that next 1:54, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams’ five-year career at Ohio State could have ended abruptly — not with a bang, but with a whimper.But Williams, always the most energetic player on the court for Ohio State, was not going to allow his team to exit the NCAA Tournament with a whimper. Just 18 seconds later, Williams heaved up a 3-pointer, was fouled and drilled the shot.After making the free throw — and three more after being fouled on another 3-point attempt — Williams gave his team the lead and set them up with a Saturday date against Gonzaga in the Round of 32.For someone who has never really shined for an extended period of time at Ohio State, Williams had a memorable performance to keep his team’s title hopes alive. He has always shown glimpses of becoming a potentially dynamic player, but just has never broken out. Williams scored more than 20 points in a game at least once in each of the past four years. Overall, he has achieved the feat six times. There have been times when he appears unstoppable from beyond the arc.However, for as often as he appeared flawless from 3, Williams also would attempt low-percentage shots that halted his team’s momentum or just quickly gave the ball back to the opposition.He also has had discipline issues. Before the team began its game against Illinois on Feb. 4, it announced Williams would be suspended indefinitely. He missed games against Illinois, Purdue and Iowa while head coach Chris Holtmann said he was finishing up work on a project.When he returned, he had to fight for the starting spot from sophomore forward Andre Wesson until he finally reclaimed it with a 13-point performance against Rutgers on Feb. 20 in his final home game as a Buckeye.The once-four-star prospect who came to Ohio State as the No. 72 prospect in the 2013 class would at times excite fans, but would frustrate them at other times.His final season has had a different feeling to it though. In past seasons, he has seemingly been a loose cannon that could function properly or backfire. There was no telling what to expect from Williams in a given night. In his final season, Williams has seemed more controlled. It seems that a player who has always been a wild card finally found his niche. His role was no longer someone who needed to carry the team on certain nights and try to knock down a shot every time he had his hands on the ball. Instead, he fit the role of a player who was free to find space when a player like redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was double-covered and knock down an open 3 and play consistent defense. The overall numbers aren’t his best. His 8.2 points and 0.7 assists per game averages would both be the third best of his career and the two rebounds per game are 0.1 shy of last season’s average. His shot selectivity has shown improvement, however, with his 48.6 percent and 44 percent field goal and 3-point success rates both representing career-high marks. Though he does not try to be the backbone of the team anymore, there are still times he still can provide the Buckeyes with momentum.During the middle of the first half, Williams stole an attempted cross-court pass from junior center Mike Daum and took it up the court before eventually knocking down a 3. Forty-four seconds later, he raced from the corner to get under the basket and extend his team’s lead to 26-18. He later had his seven-point streak late in the second half to give the Buckeyes the lead and ice the win.Williams has steadily improved in his final season in scarlet and gray, even if the numbers don’t directly show it. He has battled through a lot, including the suspension, to get to the point where he set the Buckeyes up for another game in the NCAA Tournament.His time as a Buckeye is drawing to an end. As long as he can help it, the team will continue to play on and ensure his final season ends with a bang. There’s no telling what will happen when fifth-seeded Ohio State faces No. 4 Gonzaga, a team that beat the Buckeyes 86-59 earlier in the season. It could be the final game for Williams. So too could have been Thursday’s game against South Dakota State.But thanks to his late-game heroics against South Dakota State, he has bought himself at least 40 more minutes.